Euro 2012 Semifinals: Spain vs. Portugal

Euro 2012 Semifinals: Spain vs. Portugal


Euro 2012 Semifinals: Spain vs. Portugal


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Iberian rivals Spain and Portugal do battle for one place in the Euro 2012 finals, squaring off at Donbass Stadium in Ukraine as the tournament semifinals get underway (2:45 p.m., ESPN/

Spain manager Vicente Del Bosque has sprung one major surprise in the defending champions' lineup. Not only is he starting a natural striker, but that striker is Sevilla's Alvaro Negredo, not Fernando Torres or Fernando Llorente. Negredo has played in one match in Euro 2012, coming off the bench for a one-minute cameo against Croatia in the final match of the group stage.

Portugal's lineup, meanwhile, is the XI expected from coach Paulo Bento. Hugo Almeida has taken the place of injured forward Helder Postiga, and Cristiano Ronaldo, who has found his form on the international stage in leading Portugal out of the Group of Death and past the Czech Republic in the quarterfinals, will look to keep his hot streak going while exacting revenge on Spain for a defeat at the 2010 FIFA World Cup's Round of 16.

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